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Boy born in a taxi

By unknown | Mar 16, 2009 | COMMENTS [ 0 ]

Riot Hlatshwayo

Nurses at a clinic in Mpumalanga turned away a heavily pregnant woman because her next visit was due two weeks away.

Hours later the woman, who had been in labour, gave birth to a baby boy in a taxi.

Eunice Leshaba, 33, of Buyisonto, near Thulamahashe, said yesterday that she went to the local clinic in pain last Monday.

Leshaba said the nurses, after checking her clinic card which said her next visit was on March 23, gave her pain killers and told her to go home.

"I think the nurses do not have experience because I told them I was having serious pains as well as an unusual discharge but they did not check me. I refused to go home unless I was checked but the nurses forced me to leave, saying I should not teach them how to do their job because they were professionals," she said.

The nurses told her that if the pains persisted she should go to Mapulaneng Hospital in Bushbuckridge, about 25km away.

Leshaba said she was very upset but gave the nurses the benefit of doubt by going home.

Hardly an hour later, she started feeling even more pain and asked her husband, Joseph Qhibi, 36, to arrange transport to take her to hospital.

Qhibi ran to the main road about 3km away and flagged down a minibus taxi.

"We took my wife in the taxi but as we were driving past the Amashangana Tribal Authority her waters broke," he said.

A 21-year-old passenger, Jane Mambane, herself a mother, jumped into action as the taxi stopped on the side of the road.

"I asked all the male passengers to stand aside while the woman's husband and I helped her give birth inside the taxi," said an ecstatic Mambane. "I had not done it before but God gave me the strength and minutes later a baby boy was born." The boy was named Siyabulela.

Mpho Gabashane, the Mpumalanga health department spokesperson, said yesterday: "We have instructed the district manager to look into the matter. We ask people not to lose hope in us because of a few individuals who decide to act against the Batho Pele principles."


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